Thursday, August 5, 2010

What Chaplains do

The chaplaincy is about sharing the love of God and showing human compassion. I have counseled many soldiers with a wide range of issues-anger issues, marital issues and many other problems. I notified and provided comfort to several soldiers who suffered the loss of a loved one and endured many other tragedies. I have intervened with suicidal soldiers on several occasions. Often I was awoken in the middle of the night to assist a soldier in crisis. Many soldiers have come to my office. I was determined that rather than have soldiers come to me, I would go to them. I visited my wounded soldiers in the CSH [Combat Support Hospital]. During the most oppressive heat I visited my soldiers at all guard points-even going "outside the wire" to do so. During the late hours of the night I visited my soldiers who were on duty. I went on missions with my soldiers and visited my soldiers in downtown Baghdad. I looked out for distressed soldiers and interceded to help those in need. I listened to soldiers non-judgmentally. I made sure my Eastern Orthodox, Jewish and Islamic soldiers received religious coverage. I was determined that all my soldiers would see me and know who I am. I also served our Ugandan soldiers and the interpreters. I would let my soldiers know about religious services. Sometimes I would get the response, "Thanks, Chaplain, but I am not religious." I reply, "That's okay-I just want you to know that I am always here for you." In spite of myself, I know I have done good things here and have made a difference in the lives of many soldiers. I came on this deployment because I love soldiers. I believe in what America is doing in Iraq and I believe God called me here.

8 comments:

文王廷 said...

Judge not of men and things at first sight................................................

小杰 said...

與人相處不妨多用眼睛說話,多用嘴巴思考. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

偉曹琬 said...

時時關心,時時感動。..................................................

劉王育正劉王育正 said...

來打聲招呼-大家好!!!..................................................

8468 said...

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today..................................................................

建枫 said...

一個人的際遇在第一次總是最深刻的,有時候甚至會讓人的心變成永遠的絕緣。......................................................................

尚铭 said...

知識可以傳授,智慧卻不行。每個人必須成為他自己。............................................................

黃英吳思潔吳思潔邦 said...

君子立恆志,小人恆立志。................. ................................................